Employment Opportunities


Internship Opportunities

CNT always welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:
  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects
Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.
CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.
CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.
Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.
Please contact Bridget Torres at bridget@cnt.org to discuss opportunities unless otherwise directed. 


2018 Research Intern Winter-Spring 2018 term

The intern would provide support to CNT’s Water Department across the following program areas. 

  1. RainReady helps community members, agencies, and NGOs take action to reduce flood risk in their homes and communities. RainReady program focus areas include RainReady Home and RainReady Community.
  2. Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Project works with regional municipalities that are committed to improving water and sewer service delivery in a way that improves customer affordability, promotes resource conservation and community co-benefits, advances innovative ways to finance infrastructure improvements, and/or decreases the risk of infrastructure failure.
  3. The intern may also provide support to CNT’s work with Elevated Chicago, an initiative of SPARCC, aims to turn the ½-mile radius around transit stations into community-focused centers of commerce and culture by removing barriers that hinder innovation near station areas; equipping local residents with the resources to make these areas a community and civic priority; and aligning, cultivating, and deploying capital for development near the stations.  The Elevated Chicago Initiative is an effort aimed at improving racial equity, public health outcomes, environmental resiliency.
Primary Responsibilities
The intern’s primary responsibilities would be to research and build upon an existing needs assessment report to determine communities in northeastern Illinois most vulnerable to flooding. The resultant report would be used to market communities most in need of RainReady Community Planning and plans. RainReady plans articulate a vision for community resilience and livability that aligns traditional engineering solutions with local knowledge of risk and community-driven solutions. As part of this research, the intern would also research strategies and produce a report and suggested template aimed at enhancing RainReady plans to include water infrastructure and equity issues. The intern would also be responsible for assisting RainReady to finalize a report and document the its planning process and other offerings from the program. Standard template documents would be produced using InDesign, Illustrator or other software as determined by CNT.
Work could also include helping to create an educational and consultation forum in an effort to build resilience capacity in Great Lakes Cities. Other possible projects for the year include providing administrative support, proofreading memos, developing draft scopes of work, research documents, and work program documents and providing research support for the RainReady Home Program.  The intern would be responsible for researching and producing.
Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Program
The intern’s primary responsibility would include helping to coordinate a 2018 webinar series on water infrastructure issues, some of which include: Capital Planning and Asset Management; Water Loss and Other Performance Metrics; Financing Water Infrastructure; and Drinking Water Affordability, Rates and Customer Service. The intern would be responsible for coordinating dates, invitations, and follow up.Other possible tasks include coordination assistance with municipal workshops, copy editing and writing support, completion of case studies, and other research tasks within the project set.
Elevated Chicago Initiative
The intern’s role in the Elevated Chicago initiative would be assist with a regional scan of the types of innovative sustainable resource management and economic development opportunities optimal for implementation on available land. Examples could include:
  • District scale energy projects
  • Waste heat capture and reuse
  • Decentralized stormwater management and urban agricultural production on vacant lots
  • Community solar projects
  • Small-scale manufacturing projects that enable shared energy use, local workforce development, and job creation.
Required Skills/Experience
Bachelor’s or Master Degree
If Bachelor’s, enrollment in a graduate field of study preferred (e.g., social sciences, urban planning, etc.)
Excellent research and writing skills
Experience with InDesign, Illustrator
Independent worker but able to work well with a team
Accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple, competing projects
For information and application, please contact Bridget Torres via email only at
Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 North State Street Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602

Communications and Marketing Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support the communications and marketing efforts of the organization. Working with the leadership team on projects that span internal and external communications, the Marketing Intern will directly support CNT’s outreach efforts and contribute to CNT’s expansion of its influence.
As a Marketing Intern, you will help CNT expand its message and audience, and help turn those interested into supporters of the organization.
  • Creating materials for outreach events and for online communications
  • Editing documents for funders and for media outlets
  • Provide social media support 
  • Supporting special events activities
  • Adding value to all our efforts based on your experience, desires, and skills
We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to take direction, complete projects—and challenge our own assumptions and goals with bigger, better, brighter ideas. Interns should be comfortable working in a fast-moving, innovative, fun environment.  As a member of a small team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about CNT’s efforts to create resilient cities and communities. You’ll be exposed to senior leadership, and exciting ideas. You will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.  This is a chance for you to learn, and to begin creating your career path. Internships are unpaid.  We look for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week – ideally longer.  Caffeine available in steady high doses as needed.
Contact Paul Cusimano, Managing Director, Development, at pcusimano@cnt.org with inquiries.